A total of 14 talented runners have been confirmed for the 2014 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday; all hopeful of laying their claims on one of the Autumn calendar’s most sought-after Group 1 prizes.
2014 CS Hayes Stakes Champion Hucklebuck currently leads betting markets for the 2014 Australian Guineas at a quote of $3.80, ahead of Eurozone ($4.20), Shamus Award ($5) and The Quarterback ($11).
Will Hucklebuck continue his keen run of form in the Australian Guineas, or can Shamus Award return to the Group 1 winners circle?
Thunder Fantasy experienced something of a meteoric rise to prominence in his spring preparation, following up wins in the Windsor Glass Handicap (1400m) and NSW Colour TV Company Handicap (1600m) with a memorable third behind Polanski and Complacent in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m). Having returned to the track in scintillating form in 2014, Thunder Fantasy claimed the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) with ease first-up and has drawn the ideal barrier 6 for the Guineas on Saturday.
Eurozone has scored an impressive four wins from only seven starts since debuting on track in June last year. Having closed his maiden preparation with a good win over Criterion and Aussies Love Sport in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m), Eurozone was unlucky to finish second in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) first-up on February 8th and will be particularly tough to beat from barrier 5 this weekend.
Talented three-year-old Hucklebuck has claimed an incredible five wins and two places from his seven competitive starts to date, and has returned to the track in 2014 in near-perfect form after taking out the Dominant Handicap (1200m) and Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) already this month. Trainer Philip Stokes has an understandably high opinion of the exciting Elvstroem gelding, and is confident of a maiden Group 1 title this weekend, despite drawing the slightly awkward barrier 8.
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